BREAKING: Wagner Group's Yevgeny Prigozhin Dies in Moscow Plane Crash

It was confirmed on Wednesday that influential figures Yevgeny Prigozhin and Wagner Group's commander Dmitry Utkin lost their lives in a plane crash near Moscow.

by Faruk Imamovic
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BREAKING: Wagner Group's Yevgeny Prigozhin Dies in Moscow Plane Crash
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In a somber announcement from Russia's Civil Aviation Authority, it was confirmed on Wednesday that influential figures Yevgeny Prigozhin, often dubbed the 'chef' for his close ties to the Kremlin, and Wagner Group's commander Dmitry Utkin lost their lives in a plane crash near Moscow.

Unwavering Loyalty Even in Death

Amid the outpouring of grief and speculation, the Telegram channel associated with the Wagner Group, a private military company, echoed the sentiments of loyalty and patriotism towards Prigozhin.

The channel mournfully reported, "The head of the Wagner Group, a Hero of Russia, a true patriot of his Motherland – Yevgeny Viktorovich Prigozhin died as a result of the actions of traitors to Russia." The bold proclamation was followed by an emphatic, "But even in Hell, he will be the best!

Glory to Russia!" On the other side, Anton Garashchenko, an adviser to the Ukrainian Minister of Internal Affairs, highlighted potential threats allegedly emanating from the Wagner family. These threats seemingly arise from suspicions surrounding the circumstances of the crash and how Prigozhin met his end.

Details on the Ill-fated Flight

The aircraft, en route from Moscow to St. Petersburg, carried ten souls onboard: seven passengers and three dedicated crew members. The Gray Zone Telegram channel, believed to have ties with the Wagner Group, released what it claims to be an official list of the passengers.

The list, purportedly sourced from the Russian Civil Aviation Authority, includes Yevgeny Prigozhin, Dmitri Utkin, Sergei Propustin, Yevgeny Makaryan, Alexander Totmin, Valery Chekalov, and Nikolai Matuseev. Notably, Chekalov held the significant role of overseeing Wagner's security service.

The crew, who tragically lost their lives in the line of duty, comprised commander Aleksey Levshin, co-pilot Rustam Karimov, and flight attendant Kristina Raspopova. As investigations commence and families grieve, the world watches closely.

The untimely demise of such prominent figures in the plane crash is bound to have ramifications, and only time will unravel the full story and its aftermath.

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